Inc.'s new line of sterile knob covers for surgical microscopes are made of
RadelÂ® R-5100 polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Advanced
The knob covers are extensions of the microscope handle and
are used to manipulate the microscope during surgery. The reusable covers come
in repeated contact with medical personnel and must be sterilized after each
procedure. Radel PPSU resin withstands repeated autoclaving - up to 1,000
cycles - while maintaining its toughness and impact resistance.
Injection molded Radel PPSU provides greater productivity
than competitive thermosets, boasting a 20-sec cycle time. The PPSU resin also
offers good processing stability, low shrinkage, and a tight-tolerance fit to
closely match the mating component. Another key feature is the material's high-quality
feel and surface appearance which lends the part a more premium look.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.